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Americans continue to express low confidence in news media

Around one in three surveyed by Gallup say they trust the media to report the new "accurately" and "fairly."

Around one in three surveyed by Gallup say they trust the media to report the new "accurately" and "fairly."

Reporters from KTLA-TV and other news channels at a press conference in 2014. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, remixed by The Desk)
Reporters from KTLA-TV and other news channels at a press conference in 2014. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, remixed by The Desk)

Around one in three Americans surveyed by Gallup have expressed confidence in the ability of the news media to report on matters fairly and accurately, the polling company reported this month.

According to the report, 34 percent of Americans surveyed said they have confidence in the media’s ability to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly,” Gallup said, a figure that was mostly unchanged from a near-identical survey last year.

Gallup said the 34 percent figure was just two points higher than its all-time low recorded during the presidential election cycle in 2016.

Around 7 percent of Americans say they have a “great deal” of confidence in the news media, while 27 percent said they have a “fair amount” of confidence, according to Gallup. Twenty-eight percent said they have low confidence and 38 percent said they have no confidence in the media to report fairly, Gallup said.

Trust in the media remains divided along partisan lines, with 70 percent of self-identified Democrats saying they have confidence in the news media compared to just 14 percent of self-identified Republicans and 27 percent of independents.

Gallup said they were was a “consistent double-dip gap in trust between Democrats and Republicans since 2001, and that gap has ranged from 54 to 63 percentage points since 2017.”

Of those, around a third of Republicans surveyed said they have no trust in the news media, a figure that increased by around 10 percentage points three years ago and has remained consistently high.

More information about the Gallup survey is available by clicking or tapping here.

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